Contrary to Claims, Naval Strike Group Wasn't Headed To N. Korea Last Week

Contrary to several senior government officials' assurances last week that a naval strike group led by the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier was on its way to the Korean Peninsula, Defense News reported Tuesday that the strike group was instead thousands of miles to the peninsula's south as late as Saturday, taking part in exercises with the Australian Navy.

On April 8, the U.S. Pacific Command first announced that "Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, has directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean after departing Singapore April, 8."

The strike group, the statement added, "will operate in the Western Pacific rather than executing previously planned port vis

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